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Indiana Buddhist temple is located in Fort Wayne, northern Indiana. It is the place where all Sri Lankan Buddhist people in Indiana gather for special events like Sinhala New Year, Wesak…etc.  Though it takes a 3 and half hr drive from Bloomington, IN to the temple, Buddhist people here in Bloomington pay regular visits to the temple for special events and alms givings.  Actually it is the only Sri Lankan Buddhist temple in Indiana state.

There are two monks, Ven Thalangama Devananda and Ven Neluwe Seelawimala devoted to the temple, serving their best to Indiana Buddhist people. There was a Kathina ceremony, which is an annual event,  in last October (2010)  following the traditions of  Buddhism. So it was the second time me and my husband visited the Indiana temple. Last time we visited there for a personal alms giving. Anyway it was so eventful this time because of the Kathina ceremony.

The very first event was a “Pindapatha ceremony” (alms round), which is one of the fading Buddhist traditions in Sri Lanka these days. In ancient days, monks used to walk in a line carrying alms bowls to get meals from laypeople. That’s how the monks got their breakfast. This method has been followed by the Sri Lankan Buddhist monks till the 1950s. So this event was a good opportunity to experience it, though we served dry food and goods instead of meals.

Next event was an unveiling of a “Bosath” statue in the temple premises. It was a really nice event with all the Pirith chantings and some other chantings by Vietnam bhikkunis.

Then there was the alms giving. After the lunch all got dressed for the Kathina perahara(Procession). The tradition is to have this event before the sun rise but here it has been adjusted in a way that comfortable with everyone. Normally people carry the Kathina cloth in the procession for the religious devotions of laypeople, and arrive at the temple before the sun rise. Then they set the cloth up in a frame called Kathina and make the kathina civara(robe)  by sewing and coloring. This robe is offered to Maha Sangha (normally to the eldest monk who spent the rainy season according to the traditions) by the laypeople. However we can’t do all those thing here in USA. So they take a ready made robe and carry it in the procession as Kathina civara. It is considered that this ceremony is the religious event from which we can get the most merits for the life, or afterlife.

We should be really thankful to the two monks who continue these valuable religious events , for trying their best to serve the Buddhist people in Indiana and Buddhism itself. Indiana Buddhist Temple is open for anyone regardless of their religion or nationality. They can participate for the meditation classes too. It was nice to see that many Americans participating the Kathina ceremony.

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Habitat for Humanity

First, I’d tell what these Habitat people do. They build cost effective houses for families who live in inadequate houses. The family should pay back the material cost (no-profit mortgage / no-interest loans) but there is no labor cost as the labor is provided by volunteers. Some companies like Whirlpool make donations for habitat constructions to reduce the material cost. This organization (Habitat for Humanity) is a worldwide organization which does constructions in regions of Asia, Middle east & Africa, United States, Latin America  and Canada.

So..do people volunteer? Of course. The ideal work groups are teams from private companies, Student groups, scouts, etc. People from our work place participated in this last week, as a team building activity. The construction site we worked on belongs to Habitat of  Monroe county. There were three houses being constructed. Our people worked on installing insulation, pantry cabinets and trimming the ceilings and walls. Also, we had to organize two trailers full of power tools, nail buckets, concrete, I’d say everything needed for constructions. Well it was not that easy. Had to grab all those out and reorganize. But volunteers normally don’t feel that way. They volunteer expecting nothing but satisfaction. At least, that’s what I got.

I think people should be informed about this organization. Honestly I didn’t know about this till I come to US. I wonder why we didn’t know about  Habitat in Sri Lanka.  Why many of  private companies organize  team building events spending/wasting enormous amount of money? I’d rather give a hand for this at least once coz what you get at the end is lot more worthy.

Fight poverty – Build hope !!!

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We (2004 batch) had our convocation on 25th June 2009. Yes it’s a day to remember but I feel it as the last get together of our batch. Anyway it was a nice and bit tough experience :). Bad thing we couldn’t get all our people at least for a one last pic because they were here and there busy taking their graduation pics.

Finally….we are graduates. The essence of 17 yrs education. I am really thankful to my dear parents who brought me up here, from the very first day of my school life. I’m sure they were so happy to witness that moment. Also, to Saliya who encouraged me through out my university life.

Isuru (our field top) got the gold medal which was awarded for the highest GPA.  Well….he is bit worried coz he has to keep aside a piece of gold 🙂 – just kidding.Congratulations friend. Well done.

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According to the tradition of Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, UOM we organized a treat for the staff after graduating. I’d prefer to call it as our Goingdown since it was the last time we(our batch) got together officially. So it was much like a goingdown. Almost everyone from our batch, couple of juniors and CSE staff were there to share the moment and it was a great pleasure to see all our mates after couple of months.

They were not changed a bit 🙂

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One of the videos we played there, showing the footprints, goes here. Cheers 04, The batch of love and unity.

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University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka has become the top participant in World’s leading Google’s event “Google Summer of Code – 2008”.

There were 93 applicants from University of Moratuwa and the number of awards is 24. There’s a lead of 14 with the second leading university (Wroclaw University, Poland). The statistics can be found here.

Proud to say that 18 of award winners are from Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Altogether there are 20 award winners from Faculty of Engineering including a student from electronics department and a first year student.

Proud to be a graduate from University of Moratuwa. Specially from the Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering 🙂 This is only the begining. Many good years are yet to come. Cheers MORA !!!

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We had to depart after a wonderful 4 years in university. No wonder we have handful of memories to keep forever. I think the number of trips (only department trips) is about 7 within 3 years. It’s very hard to compress such a storage but gave a little try 😉

Part1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf-VFCV4v9E

Part2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb5XXxIz5K4

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Hit the ground is an annual cricket tournament organized by the CSE department of University of Moratuwa. Cricket matches are scheduled among the students and software companies. I got the chance to play for 04 batch in two consecutive years (2006 and 2007).

This time there was not a batch 04 team because all played for their own companies. So I played for WSO2. The unbelievable thing is we got the championship (WSO2 had never been selected even for quarter finals before:)). It was a nice experience to be in a winning team.

team - wso2

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